Mumbai, Wednesday, 26th October: Seychelles Tourism Board recently organised Appreciation Evenings in New Delhi and Mumbai for its key travel trade, airline, hotel and media partners. The tourism board also gave away appreciation awards to those travel agents and tour operators who have significantly contributed to the increase in awareness and tourist arrivals to Seychelles from India.
Awardees in New Delhi were:
– Destination Travel Services
– Trav Starz
Awardees in Mumbai were:
– Holidays Box
– Vacations Exotica – Balmer Lawrie
– Air Seychelles
Hallmark Elite and Escape Holidays from Ahmedabad were also awarded.
The evening began with Ms. Patsy Moustache, Acting Charge de Affairs, Seychelles high Commission congratulating the tourism board team and the travel trade partners for their support. This was followed by a destination update presentation by Ms. Aswini Krishna, Marketing Manager, Seychelles Tourist Office. This was followed by a highly entertaining, joyful and interactive time, including the awards ceremony, with the famous TV and radio host Mr. Siddharth Kannan.
Mrs. Sherin Francis, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board regretted not being present at the events but sent a message to the partners present at the evenings. The message read as below,
”When we opened office in 2013,the biggest challenges we faced were that Seychelles was perceived as A) just another beach destination b) a destination meant for the richest c) and only for honeymooners
Last three years our efforts have been solely focused on breaking these myths and introducing the diversity and the divine beauty of the islands. The task on our hand was to showcase that Seychelles has something for everyone. We are glad that our efforts bore results. The presence of each one of you is a testimony of that. Your efforts have resulted into phenomenal increase in tourist arrivals from India. Though Seychelles remains the ultimate romantic destination we have seen several families, small MICE groups and adventure sports enthusiasts choosing the islands for their holiday.
When we started the office in 2013 there were just around 2000 Indians visiting Seychelles. And last year we touched 8000. This number may seem small in comparison to the several thousands of tourists visiting other destination. But keeping in mind the exclusivity of the destination, our limited marketing budgets and most importantly the short period of time, we are proud of this achievement. The numbers this year so far show similar trend as last year and we are positive that we will cross our target of 2016.”